Alex Hassan, a graduate of BC High and native of Milton, Mass., will make his professional debut today, playing right field for the Red Sox, batting sixth against Rays left-hander Erik Bedard.
He is the first player born in Massachusetts to start for the Red Sox since Mark Bellhorn (South Weymouth) in 2005, and the first outfielder to start since Billy Conigliaro (Revere) in 1971.
Hassan was drafted by the Sox out of Duke in the 20th round in 2009. In 45 games this season for Triple-A Pawtucket, the right-handed batter hit .217/.318/.303, playing 25 games in right field, 11 in left, seven at first base, and serving as the DH for two.
“If he goes out and puts up the at-bats we saw in spring training, he’ll be just fine,” said manager John Farrell. “He had probably some of the most consistent at-bats for the entire time he was there with us. It’s a chance for us to get another right-handed bat in the lineup. He’s got exposure to both corner outfield positions, and this is a challenging one here because of the dimensions, but a special day nonetheless. A local guy that is able to make his major league debut here in Fenway with the Red Sox, I would hope and expect that he’s got quite a few people here watching.”
Hassan was called up on Friday when Ryan Lavarnway was placed on the DL.